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Manufacturing's Strategy for Michigan's Future

The Michigan Manufacturing Legislative and Regulatory Agenda is the road map to continue that positive momentum. Check MMA’s our top legislative and regulatory priorities for 2019-2020.


  • Governor’s FY 2020 Budget Carries Tax Implications
    Governor Whitmer presented her Executive Budget to a joint meeting of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Learn more.
  • Legislation Moves Toward Streamlining PPT Filing Process
    PPT legislation to streamline the process for manufacturers to file for their share of $576 million annually passed the House Tax Committee. Learn more.
  • Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act in Effect
    Michigan’s New Paid Medical Leave Act went into effect on 3/29/19. MMA has compiled a number of resources assist your company in compliance.Access MMA's Basics of Compliance document and an informational video from MMA and Miller Canfield online.
  • Data Breach Bill Moves Forward, Fight Continues in Ways & Means
    Cyber security is a growing issue for manufacturers across Michigan. Despite MMA objections, the House Financial Services Committee voted to report House Bill 4187 out of committee on Wednesday, 3/13/19. Learn more.
  • Governor Signs Local Employment Mandate Preemption
    In support of MMA’s continuing effort to halt the growing trend of one-size-fits-all local employment mandates, Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 353, which would prohibit a local government from regulating the information that an employer can request in a job interview. Learn more.
  • Committee Reports Bill to Eliminate Much-Needed Talent Endorsement Over MMA Objection
    Legislation was reported, over MMA objection, that would eliminate the valuable WorkKeys® assessments and National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) from Michigan high schools. Learn more.
  • MMA Testifies in Support of Flexible Talent Development Options
    Talent remains a top challenge for manufacturers and course flexibility in education is one way to provide the next generation with a full spectrum of career options. Learn more.
  • Skilled Trades Training Fund Grants Announced for 800 Michigan Employers
    The Michigan Talent Investment Agency (TIA) has announced that $29 million in workforce development grants will be awarded to over 800 Michigan employers to aid the statewide effort to create the most talented workforce in the nation. Learn more.
  • MMA’s PRIME Initiative Gains First Michigan Program with Shape Corp & Grand Haven Partnership
    The first in a new series of employer-driven, customized curriculum options for local communities was announced during a June 19 press conference. Learn more.
  • MMA Leads HICA Elimination Effort  
    Rising health care costs are a top concern for Michigan manufacturers, which is why MMA has been actively engaged in the fight to eliminate the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) tax. Learn more.
  • AG Nessel Opines on Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority
    Attorney General Dana Nessel responded to a request Thursday, 3/28/19, from Governor Whitmer regarding the constitutionality of the 2018 law that established the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority. The AG opined that PA 359 of 2018 (SB 1179) is in violation of the Michigan Constitution. Learn more.
  • Line 5 Agreement Ruled Legal by Court of Claims
    MMA is pleased with the Court of Claims’ ruling last week validating the 2018 law which created the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority and approved an agreement with Enbridge for construction of a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac for the Line 5 oil pipeline. Learn more.
  • No Stricter Than Federal Legislation Aims to Protect Your Business
    An essential protection supported by the MMA to reduce state government overreach and anti-competitive regulations was passed by the House of Representatives 57-50. Learn more.
  • Governor Issues Executive Order Reorganizing State Agencies, Protects MMA-Supported Panels
    The Legislature voiced its intention to avoid pursuing further challenges to Governor Whitmer’s plans to reorganize state government now that efforts to eliminate MMA-supported regulatory advisory panels were removed from a revised Executive Order.Learn more here.
  • Anti-Competitive Tipping Tax Remains Off DEQ Budget
    Both House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees working on the 2019 DEQ budget reported out bills last week that did not include a proposed 1,200 percent increase in Michigan’s landfill tipping fee from 36 cents per ton to $4.75/ton. Learn more.
  • Final Recommendations of Environmental Justice Workgroup
    The Environmental Justice Work Group (EJWG) last week released their final report addressing Governor Snyder's charge "to develop and provide recommendations that improve environmental justice awareness and engagement in state and local agencies." Learn more.
  • Senate Passes Legislation to Reform DEQ Permitting and Rules Processes
    The Senate passed a three-bill package of legislation to increase transparency and accountability of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Learn more.
  • MEO Introduces Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Program
    The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) announced that its Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot is now available statewide. Companies eligible for the program must be small manufacturers in Michigan with 50 or fewer full-time employees worldwide. Learn more.

Contact Eleanor Surtman

Eleanor SurtmanGovernment Affairs Coordinator
Call 517-487-8552
E-mail surtman@mimfg.org

Manufacturing's Strategy for Michigan's Future

The Michigan Manufacturing Legislative and Regulatory Agenda is the road map to continue that positive momentum. Check MMA’s our top legislative and regulatory priorities for 2019-2020.


  • Governor’s FY 2020 Budget Carries Tax Implications
    Governor Whitmer presented her Executive Budget to a joint meeting of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Learn more.
  • Legislation Moves Toward Streamlining PPT Filing Process
    PPT legislation to streamline the process for manufacturers to file for their share of $576 million annually passed the House Tax Committee. Learn more.
  • Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act in Effect
    Michigan’s New Paid Medical Leave Act went into effect on 3/29/19. MMA has compiled a number of resources assist your company in compliance.Access MMA's Basics of Compliance document and an informational video from MMA and Miller Canfield online.
  • Data Breach Bill Moves Forward, Fight Continues in Ways & Means
    Cyber security is a growing issue for manufacturers across Michigan. Despite MMA objections, the House Financial Services Committee voted to report House Bill 4187 out of committee on Wednesday, 3/13/19. Learn more.
  • Governor Signs Local Employment Mandate Preemption
    In support of MMA’s continuing effort to halt the growing trend of one-size-fits-all local employment mandates, Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 353, which would prohibit a local government from regulating the information that an employer can request in a job interview. Learn more.
  • Committee Reports Bill to Eliminate Much-Needed Talent Endorsement Over MMA Objection
    Legislation was reported, over MMA objection, that would eliminate the valuable WorkKeys® assessments and National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) from Michigan high schools. Learn more.
  • MMA Testifies in Support of Flexible Talent Development Options
    Talent remains a top challenge for manufacturers and course flexibility in education is one way to provide the next generation with a full spectrum of career options. Learn more.
  • Skilled Trades Training Fund Grants Announced for 800 Michigan Employers
    The Michigan Talent Investment Agency (TIA) has announced that $29 million in workforce development grants will be awarded to over 800 Michigan employers to aid the statewide effort to create the most talented workforce in the nation. Learn more.
  • MMA’s PRIME Initiative Gains First Michigan Program with Shape Corp & Grand Haven Partnership
    The first in a new series of employer-driven, customized curriculum options for local communities was announced during a June 19 press conference. Learn more.
  • MMA Leads HICA Elimination Effort  
    Rising health care costs are a top concern for Michigan manufacturers, which is why MMA has been actively engaged in the fight to eliminate the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) tax. Learn more.
  • AG Nessel Opines on Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority
    Attorney General Dana Nessel responded to a request Thursday, 3/28/19, from Governor Whitmer regarding the constitutionality of the 2018 law that established the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority. The AG opined that PA 359 of 2018 (SB 1179) is in violation of the Michigan Constitution. Learn more.
  • Line 5 Agreement Ruled Legal by Court of Claims
    MMA is pleased with the Court of Claims’ ruling last week validating the 2018 law which created the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority and approved an agreement with Enbridge for construction of a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac for the Line 5 oil pipeline. Learn more.
  • No Stricter Than Federal Legislation Aims to Protect Your Business
    An essential protection supported by the MMA to reduce state government overreach and anti-competitive regulations was passed by the House of Representatives 57-50. Learn more.
  • Governor Issues Executive Order Reorganizing State Agencies, Protects MMA-Supported Panels
    The Legislature voiced its intention to avoid pursuing further challenges to Governor Whitmer’s plans to reorganize state government now that efforts to eliminate MMA-supported regulatory advisory panels were removed from a revised Executive Order.Learn more here.
  • Anti-Competitive Tipping Tax Remains Off DEQ Budget
    Both House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees working on the 2019 DEQ budget reported out bills last week that did not include a proposed 1,200 percent increase in Michigan’s landfill tipping fee from 36 cents per ton to $4.75/ton. Learn more.
  • Final Recommendations of Environmental Justice Workgroup
    The Environmental Justice Work Group (EJWG) last week released their final report addressing Governor Snyder's charge "to develop and provide recommendations that improve environmental justice awareness and engagement in state and local agencies." Learn more.
  • Senate Passes Legislation to Reform DEQ Permitting and Rules Processes
    The Senate passed a three-bill package of legislation to increase transparency and accountability of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Learn more.
  • MEO Introduces Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Program
    The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) announced that its Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot is now available statewide. Companies eligible for the program must be small manufacturers in Michigan with 50 or fewer full-time employees worldwide. Learn more.

Contact Eleanor Surtman

Eleanor SurtmanGovernment Affairs Coordinator
Call 517-487-8552
E-mail surtman@mimfg.org
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